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Johnston high school student accused of assaulting classmate

Posted January 9, 2012

— A West Johnston High School student faces charges in connection with an assault on another student.

Garrett Dean Freeman, 16, of Tamworth Drive in Willow Spring, was charged last week with assault inflicting serious injury after, Johnston County sheriff's investigators say, he attacked another student in the stairwell of the school.

The student suffered a broken nose and an internal injury to his shoulder, in addition to multiple cuts on his face, authorities said.

Investigators haven't offered a possible motive for the attack.


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  • summertime22 Jan 16, 2012

    Westernwake1 It amazes me how opinionated you are on something you seem to have very little facts on. I’m sure both sets of parents are very devastated and not sure what to do with the whole situation. Why on earth would they owe you an apology? You Westernwake1 were not there and have no idea what actually happened! As they say there are three sides to every story. The funny thing is you would be amazed at how many of the smaller children have bigger mouths and feel the need to prove something. Westernwake1 maybe you need to find something more productive to do with your time instead of BULLYING a 16 year old boy on line. Let the authorities take care of the situation and quite fueling a fire. Sounds like mabe you are a relative of the boy that got hurt.

  • westernwake1 Jan 12, 2012

    "And FYI, Garrett's parents are extraordinary people." - snugpunkin

    If Garrett's parents were extraordinary people then they would be apologizing the community along the lines of 'We are sorry that our son, Garrett, bullied and severely beat up another student. We have made it clear to him that this behavior is not acceptable. Our family plans to have Garrett provide compensation to the victim for his injuries'.

    Instead the family simply appears to be all lawyered up and not commenting; and using others in the community in an absurd attempt to make Garrett appear to be the victim.

  • westernwake1 Jan 12, 2012

    Da Toy Maker - I am not really an expert on the differences between the law in Florida and North Carolina so I can not really provide any guidance.

    It is a shame that we live in an era where violence and weapons are regularly used in schools, and administrators seem to be powerless to put a stop to bullying or to even take reasonable action in these situations. One of the real problems as you outlined is the "zero tolerance policy" that does not differentiate between the victim and bully.

    It is interesting that the majority of posts from "billgreen2" and his other aliases supporting the bully Garrett have been removed from this thread. I expect these posts all came from the same IP address and individual who was probably a member of Garrett's family. This is, of course, is just another form of bullying.

  • Da Toy Maker Jan 11, 2012


    Thanks for the link. However; Fl and NC have different Castle Doctrine law. I think FL's law is a lot more liberal for Self Defense than NC's if I'm not mistaken. I know in WCPSS, the rule is to suspense the attacker as well as the defender if I remember right. My son graduated from Enloe last year so I don't know if anything has changed since then. I teach martial arts to kids and adults. I could tell the adults about the law a lot more than rules in WCPSS and DCPSS. I know I should check with my Cop buddies on the issues. I usually tell the kids to talk with their parents and I tell the parents what I told my kid when he was in WCPSS.

  • westernwake1 Jan 11, 2012

    "Does this mean Kids in schools could use this new law in case of self defense?? Just wondering out loud." - Da Toy Maker

    In Florida, a judge recently upheld the "Stand Your Ground" law in a school bus stop incident involving a victim stabbing a bully to death.


    It's sad that society has come down to this. In the old days PARENTS and administrators at schools would take action well before something like this happened.

  • Da Toy Maker Jan 11, 2012

    Question for yall:

    NC's new Castle Doctrine law took effect on Dec 1st, 2011 giving the Self Defense a lot more broad protection including place one is legally be at. Does this mean Kids in schools could use this new law in case of self defense?? Just wondering out load.

    As for this particular case, it should be cleared up in court, right?

  • vrichardson90 Jan 11, 2012

    I don't know anything about the situation, all I know is the school system tends to look the other way until this situation or similar happens. I dealt with a similar situation when my kids were in school. This child even called my home, harassing my child. My child was called paranoid by school officials! I finally threatened to have my lawyer handle this against the school to get justice, why? Because they don't want to get involved I guess.Violent retaliation isn't the answer but suicide isn't either. We as adults better know what our children are in to and stop thinking they are still the little angels we want them to be. Sad to say, they aren't always the same with their friends as they are with us. Lets be real!

  • sylvia12 Jan 11, 2012

    His parents must be so proud.

  • billgreen2 Jan 11, 2012

    westernwake1: do you know him? You believe everything you read on the Internet? I'm sorry if you do.

  • kermit60 Jan 11, 2012

    Typical school problem. Nobody wants to deal with the problem children until something like this hapens then they want everything done. Maybe the kid had cause or maybe not. All I know is most schools do nothing to prevent this or deal with bullies or the kids who cause this to happen. Even a good kid is only going to take so much before he does what needs to be done.